posted on Oct, 30 2016 @ 07:31 PM
originally posted by: GBP/JPY
Hey, those previous chaffs in Alabam....did they blow those test fibers up from the surface ? that would be a bad mess, huh!! rockets at
There are specially equipped chaff dropping airplanes, depending on the chaff you use it can come in cartridges or on big rolls (sort of) that are
chopped and dropped in varying lengths.
Some chaff is fiberglass, later stuff is cellulose (greener!) and will biodegrade. You also have plain metallized chaff, where the metal is generally
evaporated aluminum, sort of like the shiny coating on a space blanket, and terminating chaff, where you have an azo based coating that's light
sensitive. Drop it during the day, and the azo goes off in the sunlight, you have a flurry of other reactions and one of them strips off the aluminum
into aluminum oxide dust.
They did a big s-t chaff drop over Huntsville a few years back, there was so much dust in the air after the chaff terminated that it left a fog over
the valley you could see from the weather cams. It's got a smell to it that's noticeable as well from the azo.